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A walking tour hosted by the MFA Program in Writing

October 12, 2012 3:30 pm
Elastic City at Brooklyn Flea, July 2010 (photo by Todd Shalom)

Starting point: Eddy & Laguna (corner of Jefferson Square Park)
Departing times: 3:30-4:45 p.m. & 5:15-6:30 p.m.

Free and open to CCA community members only
Info: David Morini,, 415.551.9237

New Lagoon is a walk that was created for the MFA Program in Writing’s Friday Seminar course by Elastic City’s founder Todd Shalom (MFA Writing) and Ara Thorose.

Enter New Lagoon, a walk in San Francisco’s Western Addition. After stepping through a portal, participants will whisper wishes, bend themselves to the landscape, and occupy an island through site-specific rituals and exercises designed to expand upon our individual and collective poetic vocabularies. No swimsuit required.

About Elastic City

Elastic City intends to make its audience active participants in an ongoing poetic exchange with the places we live in and visit. Artists are commissioned by Elastic City to create their own walks. These walks tend to focus less on providing factual information and more on heightening our awareness, exploring our senses and making new group rituals in dialogue with public space.

Live streaming from New York

October 12, 2012 7:00 am–4:00 pm

Arts Research Center | UC Berkeley | 201 Dwinelle Annex

The Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts (CCA) is joining with the Arts Research Center (ARC) at UC Berkeley to host a live-streaming of the annual Creative Time Summit in New York. The public is invited to attend and participate in this event on the UC Berkeley campus.

The Creative Time Summit brings together cultural producers--including artists, critics, writers, and curators--to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. This year, the focus will be on confronting inequity across the globe and the ways in which wealth disparities engender the erosion of democracy.

Keynote speakers include cultural critic Slavoj Žižek and multimedia artist Martha Rosler.

The 2012 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change will be awarded to Spanish artist and activist Fernando García-Dory. Check the schedule for a complete listing of speakers. All times listed are in Eastern Standard Time and are subject to change.

As Creative Time global partners, ARC and CCA will provide a collective viewing experience that will give you opportunities to take up the themes of the day with Bay Area colleagues. In addition to the live-streaming, there will be in-person local responses, small-group discussions, and artists’ interventions.

Facilitators and respondents will include the following persons:

Amanda Eicher
Dee Hibbert-Jones
Shannon Jackson
Erin Johnson
Julian Myers
Renny Pritikin
Neil Rivas
Elizabeth Thomas
Andrew Weiner

There will also be opportunities to interact live via Skype with some of the speakers in New York.

Pre-Registration Required: Individuals who want to take part are asked to submit one paragraph (no more than 500 words) on a keyword associated with one of the summit themes: inequities, occupations, making, or tactics. This can be any term that moves you, and it may have a range of references. This is not an abstract per se, but a discursive offering to the group to galvanize our collective thinking prior to the live event.

You are welcome to include links as well. Paragraphs will be posted on the ARC Muses blog, and participants will all read each other's reflections before the event on October 12.

This paragraph is your pre-registration; registered participants will receive updated details in advance of the event and will have breakfast and lunch provided. Send blog posts to by October 5.

This program is sponsored in part by the UC Institute for Research in the Arts.

Senior Exhibition — Visual Studies

October 9–13, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Haegen Crosby, Mario Miron and Elliot Cost

October 9–13, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ninth Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Textiles Program Exhibition

October 9–20, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Oct. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Wed. until 7:30 p.m.
Info: 510.594.3747

Knots: Textile Topologies, the 9th annual juried exhibition organized by CCA's Textiles Program, showcases works by graduate and undergraduate students working with textile materials, techniques, and concepts.

Mario Miron, Elliott Cost, Nolan Graham Holouch, Camren Van Loose and Kathryn Kolouch

October 8–13, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, October 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

October 8–13, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, October 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Pardoned is a group exhibition that highlights the love and joy felt for religion and how thankfulness to a god can be shown through artwork as a way to give back for the blessings received.


Danielle Smith
Natasha McLachlan
Dominique Seward
Adelya Tumasyeva
Jessica Padilla
Nathan Cho
Sarah Mayer
Dylan Loudon

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

October 8–13, 2012

Reception: Wednesday, October 10, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

October 4–November 2, 2012

Alter Space, 1158 Howard Street, San Francisco

Reception: Fri., Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m.
Hours: Thur.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.

The Individualized Major Program presents an interdisciplinary exhibition of ideas about other places, getting lost, wandering, and the possibility that the wrong place is exactly where we need to be. Behold souvenirs and wonders from distant lands: distant in time, distant in space, and existing only in the mind.

The participating artists transform the gallery space into a giant cabinet of marvels including dioramas, films, and fantastic tales chronicling the thousand realms of wonder that lie beyond our familiar experience: the New World, the Old World, outer space, alternative versions of the everyday world, flights of fancy, and places you’ve never been.

Hosted by the Illustration Program

October 1–12, 2012

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Fri., Oct. 12, 6-8 p.m. (RSVP to or 510.594.3604 by Wednesday, October 10)
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
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Please join us for Drawing the Line, an exhibition celebrating the life and work of Illustration chair and distinguished professor Dugald Stermer. The exhibition will feature a selection of works from his career as a freelance illustrator, designer, art director, and author.

Guest speakers at the October 12 reception will include Crystal Stermer, Robert Hunt, Eric Madsen, Steve Heller, and Brad Holland.

Please note: We will have available at the reception a $100 limited-edition print for sale. (Only $25 for current CCA students.) Net proceeds will benefit the CCA Dugald Stermer Scholarship.

Gifts in memory to the Dugald Stermer Scholarship can be made at

October 1–16, 2012

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tues., Oct. 16, 5:30-7 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at 510.594.3604 or
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Note: Exhibition is closed October 13-14)
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Featuring works by the recipients of this year’s award, Sarah Ward and Mateo Hao. Get a sneak peek »

The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award Exhibition, held every fall to honor the student winners of the scholarship, is the Furniture Program’s biggest annual event. The work on view clearly demonstrates to the entire college community the values of the Furniture Program and the creativity, dedication, and craftsmanship of its students.

The Ronald and Anita Wornick Award was established by the Wornick Company on the occasion of Ronald C. Wornick’s retirement as president and CEO. Reflecting the wishes of the Wornicks, the award is intended to recognize, nourish, and encourage talented students in the wood arts at California College of the Arts. A gifted amateur wood artist, Ronald Wornick has been a member of the CCA Board of Trustees since 1992.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition

September 27–October 27, 2012

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at 510.594.3604 or
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Recent works by artists who have received the Barclay Simpson Award since its inception in 1987. For 25 years now, this generous award has given CCA graduate student artists crucial financial support and an exhibition opportunity at a pivotal point in their development.

Read more about the Barclay Simpson Award »

The quality of the recent work by these artists is a testament to the value of such a grant. Their diverse practices and methods of production range from painting to printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, sound, installation, social practice, and other interdisciplinary forms.

Featured artists:

Anthony Discenza
Dina Danish
Bill Durgin
Patricia Esquivias
Harrell Fletcher
Llewellyn Fletcher
Mik Gaspay
Josh Greene
Todd Hido
David Huffman
Hannah Ireland
Lawrence La Bianca
Katie Lewis
Travis Joseph Meinolf
Linn Myers
Scott Oliver
Patricia Olynyk
Conrad Ruiz
Gabrielle Teschner
Hank Willis Thomas
Imin Yeh

Presented by CCA Wattis Institute

September 13–December 1, 2012

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at
Hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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The legendary exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, presented in 1969 at Kunsthalle Bern, Germany, has been exhaustively discussed, researched, and examined. It has inspired essays, books, conferences . . . and now, at the CCA Wattis Institute, another exhibition.

In September 2012, Wattis director Jens Hoffmann will tackle the history and the myths surrounding When Attitudes Become Form with a new “sequel” exhibition, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes.

The original show, curated by Harald Szeemann, featured 69 conceptual artists working in fields known today as post-Minimalism, Arte Povera, Land art, and beyond. The Wattis exhibition will feature more than 80 artists, all working within the legacy of Conceptual art, including the following:

Simon Fujiwara
Claire Fontaine
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Abraham Cruzvillegas
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset
Ryan Gander
Walead Beshty
Renata Lucas
Adriana Lara
Carey Young

The show will also bring together archival material, floor plans, installation images, and ephemera from the 1969 show.

Generous support for When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes provided by C. Ross Sappenfield and Laura Brugger, Robin Wright and Ian Reeves, and Laura and Joe Sweeney.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. General support for the Wattis Institute provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator’s Forum.

September 4, 2012–May 10, 2013
Touring the Social Imaginary

CATALYSTRANSIT is a project organized by Ana Labastida, circulating through the Bay Area’s Casual Carpool from Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland to Fremont Street in San Francisco, that questions how we interpret the mundane moments during commutes.

To participate, or for more information, visit

This project is part of Touring the Social Imaginary, a series of exhibitions and participatory, public programs across the Bay Area organized by PLAySPACE, that map the social imaginary using research-intensive processes to ask questions about places and the people that inhabit them.

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PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented toward, the academic community.

This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.